Inspiration & Ideas

Small garden, no problem! How to party in a small space

With the Bank Holiday coming up, get your garden ready for an early summer party. If you have a small garden, there is no need to worry! These ideas will get your garden party ready in no time.

A bar table is a great option for a garden of any size, as it is really the only piece of furniture you need and will serve as the hub of your garden parties. The table is perfect for entertaining all your guests whilst you all have drinks. The galvanised trough in the centre can be filled with ice and will keep your favourite summer drinks cold all evening.

St Mawes Bar Table with Drinks Cooler in Reclaimed Teak

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Alternatively, if you are really short of space, a bar set looks fantastic. This way you and your guests can chat outside and just need to move inside to eat dinner. A couple of bar stools placed around the table is great for both parties and chilled summer evenings when you just want to sit outside with a drink.

 garden set St Mawes Reclaimed Wood Round Bar Table Set

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When it comes to food, a BBQ is normally the way to go as soon as the weather is warmer. But why not go for a Mediterranean inspired menu. Colourful skewers look great and are easy to pair with anything you like.  

Your party doesn't need to be completely outdoors. Open the door to the garden so the space will be maximised by having the dining area and the garden for entertaining. If its a colder evening, or you are having a more formal dinner inside, its nice for guests to have a space to flow into outside for before or after dinner with a glass of wine. If you have a smaller open plan kitchen diner, its also easier to keep your guests entertained outside whilst you finish off the food.

This works fantastically if you have a garden sofa for a cozy night with some throws. Drape them over the ends of the sofa and stock up on plump cushions for a comfortable and welcoming space to chill. To maximise the effect, add tea light holders or hang lanterns for a summer evening haven.

Chilgrove PE Rattan Garden Sofa

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To find the perfect garden furniture for your outside space, take a look at the Modish Living website or get in touch with our team. 

All you need to make your small garden look fabulous

Your garden often becomes the hub of spring and summer entertaining. But sometimes the task of getting it summer ready can seem a little daunting, especially if you are limited for space. Here are a few of our top tips for creating the perfect summer spot with plenty of character. 

The best place to start is with a garden set. This is a great way to create a focal point with your design and often inspiration for the rest of your space will stem from this.

Charcoal Dean Street Garden Table and 2 Chairs in garden

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We suggest using vibrant colours for furniture to make a wonderful summer statement. Our table sets are made from powder coated steel and can be folded away for storing over the winter months so can be kept in pristine condition for next year. 

The Small Round Table and 2 Chairs Bistro Table Set in Blue is a fabulous option. The light blue finish looks stunning and will add a little bit of colour to any English country garden. Perfect for creating a spot for sunny weekend mornings to sit outside with a cup of coffee.

Small Round Table and 2 Chairs Bistro Set in Blue in small garden with flowers

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The tables are also available with four chairs, perfect for BBQs with friends or family. The Garden Bistro Set Table & 4 Chairs in Clay are a fantastic colour for any patio area surrounded by potted plants and colourful flowers. Accessorise with colourful cushions and accessories when using the tables to bring your space to life and create a gorgeous summer haven.

Outdoor metal Garden Bistro Set Table & 4 Chairs in Clay

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When using colour, try to make them pop. If you have brick walls in your garden, you could painting them with fresh white to create a more open space with a pretty boutique feel. The white will also make potted plants stand out and the green look beautifully vibrant.

Another great addition to any garden is a shelf ladder. These have been popular in interior design for a number of years but are now making their way into the garden, and they are truly stunning. A rustic shelving unit like the Small Wooden Aldsworth Pot Ladder is perfect for adding character and charm as well as providing additional storage. If you want to create a low maintenance garden or don't have any grass, these are also a great option for popping a few little pots. Alternatively, decorate in the summer, wrap in fairy lights for a magical finish.

Small Wooden Aldsworth Pot Ladder for plants

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Finally, amp up the glamour with extravagant statues and lanterns for a romantic space you'll look forward to entertaining in. 

To find the perfect furniture for your garden, take a look at the collection of garden furniture on the Modish Living website or get in touch with one of our team members for more information.

Our latest obsession: the best storage solution

We’ve all been there – scrambling around to hide clutter and detritus when unexpected visitors call. We’ve also been frustrated more times than we can count as we seem to have nowhere to put things. And this is why the best storage solutions are our latest obsession - because the right containers, offering the right solutions in the best style for the space are essential.

Aimee Reclaimed Wood Trunk Coffee Table and Storage

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We find the best way of getting the right solutions lay in matching the storage to the items that need to be kept – and that means taking a room by room approach. But as you would expect, we believe that no matter what storage option suits you best, it should be stylish as well as practical.

The Hallway

Shoes, boots, wellington boots, coats, hats, scarves, umbrellas… there are so many things that need to be safely stored away to minimise clutter that it is hard to know which storage option to plump for.

Rattan May Reclaimed Wood 4 Drawer Storage Unit for hallway

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We have many fantastic solutions in the shape of quality rattan furniture such as drawer units – handy for separating family things to aid with the school and work run in a morning – as well as a fantastic rustic style Winchester wooden trunk, perfect for throwing in shoes and bags to keep the hallway clutter-free.

The Bedroom

Again, there are several things that need storing in the bedroom that you will need quick access to from time to time.

Cotswold Reclaimed Wood Blanket Box for bedroom or hallway

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Anything from blankets to bed linen and towels can be stored in this stylish reclaimed wood blanket box. Chunky in style and appearance, there is a satisfying quality to anything made from reclaimed wood. With wooden bedroom furniture that provides spacious storage at an affordable price without compromising on quality, you can truly have it all.

The Living Room

The lounge is the place where you show visitors and guests when they arrive and so storage solutions in here really do need to be both practical and stylish. If you love the rawness of the rustic style – plenty of wood and exposed brickwork, beams etc. – then rustic, yet contemporary coffee tables will fit into your design scheme perfectly.

Cotswold Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table for living room

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The Cotswold range of wooden furniture also offer storage perfection. The reclaimed wood coffee table is the perfect platform for drinks and nibbles, whilst having spacious drawers for throwing all kinds of clutter to be thrown in and hidden – it’s great for storing the remote controls too.

The Garden

The outdoor space at your home also has many things that need to kept tidily away after a day in the sun, whether you’ve been lounging on your rattan chairs with cushions or busying yourself with the bedding plants.

Weather can damage the highest quality rattan furniture and other items made from the hardiest of plastic, metals and wood. There is also the frustration of never being able to find matching gardening gloves or smaller gardening implements like a hand trowel.

Zinc Top Aldsworth Outdoor Storage Box

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Outdoor storage is not always stylish. Gaudy coloured, flimsy plastic chests are not the only solution. Our outdoor storage options come with zinc topped lids for extra weather proofing and hardy wood to keep everything free from rain, damp or the sun – and can keep it a spider-free space too.

Storage doesn’t have to be boring – take a look at the different stylish options available and have your home clutter free and stylish in no time!